The Last Wine Bar - While we desperately hope that the name of this stylish bar and brasserie isn't true, if it were, it certainly wouldn't be the end of the world. With a wine list featuring over 100 different varieties, this could be the perfect place to mix the girls with a little bit of grape.
Where? 76 St. George's Street, NR3 1AB
The Birdcage - This is one cage that we're sure the hens won't mind being trapped in. This incredibly cosmopolitan bar is friendly, artsy and effortlessly sleek. All of Norwich's trendy twenty-something's relax here, and you're even allowed to bring your own fish and chips - sorted!
Where? 23 Pottergate, NR2 1DS
The Fat Cat Brewery Tap - The Fat Cat is a welcoming pub that's dressed to the nines in colour and quirky décor. It's almost impossible to avoid falling in love with this charming venue, and with a selection of independent beers and wines on offer; you'll probably end up head-over-heels for the drinks as well.
Where? 100 Lawson Road, NR3 4LF
The Library - This spectacular eatery is proof of GoHen's philosophy that money doesn't always equal quality - as The Library is cheap as chips and absolutely gorgeous. It's set in an old Victorian library, and while you can't take any of the books out, you can help yourself to one of Norwich's best value burgers. This is hangover food in seriously sophisticated surroundings.
Where? 4 Guildhall Hill, NR2 1JH
Baby Buddha Tea House - Baby Buddha provide so much more than just another place to put your feet up after a long day of shopping. The ‘Dim-Sum' cuisine they offer is slightly unusual, but once you've got a taste for it, you simply won't be able to have enough!
Where? 139 Ber Street, NR1 3EY
Sights & Sounds
Children of the 90's might remember the film The Secret Garden and on your hen-do, you'll discover one for yourselves! Plantation Garden is a wonderful natural space that's stood for over 100 years in an abandoned quarry. This is a tranquil safe-haven away from the hustle and bustle of city living, and seeing as it's centrally located, any hens still feeling the previous evening's excesses can rest assured that sun-lit relaxation is never too far away (depending on the weather!).
If you're looking for a club from the future then stop searching because you've found it! Wonderland is a seriously high-tech party spot that looks as if it was designed by the Mad Hatter, in a good way. This is one rabbit hole we certainly recommend you fall down...just don't refer to the bouncers as Tweedledum and Tweedledee!
Mantra is often the club of choice for Norwich's glitterati and local celebrities. The fabulous oriental-chic décor is a stylish touch, and when the night gets going, the party atmosphere is simply palpable.
In the Diary
May - Norfolk & Norwich Festival. East Anglia's flagship arts festival is absolutely stunning with a wide range of acts that'll leave you with no doubts that Norwich's Got Talent!
July - Shakespeare Festival. Forsooth! Norwich's festival of all things to do with the bard is incredible with performances in the surroundings of the Cathedral cloisters.
July - Lord Mayor's Celebration. Street processions, fireworks, funfairs and performers are the norm during this city-wide celebration.
September - Sundown Festival. Some of the biggest names in music head to Norfolk Showground to wow the crowds with unforgettable sets.
Top of the Shops
Norwich is a great place to shop and the streets are lines with fancy boutiques, cute cafes and genteel jewellery shops making it ideal for any hen weekend where you’re keen to sample the finer things in life! Here are a couple of the best stores unique to the city.
Finch - Independent and proud; Finch have one of the finest collections of minimal and vintage clothing around, it can get a little pricey, but the threads you'll find here are certainly worth the extra money.
Where? 14 St Benedicts Street, NR2 4AG
Retreat Vintage - This bijou boutique is full of lovely retro-chic goods that are sure to please any bride-to-be with an eye for fashionable bargains!
Where? 26A Magdalen Street, NR3 1HU
Looses Emporium- This is just like John Lewis, if John Lewis was filled with beautiful bits and bobs that range from antique kitchenware to unique and stunning dresses.
Where? 25 Magdalen Street, NR3
Girls About Town - Getting around Norwich...
Norwich used to be the capital of this country don't you know? This city is pretty big, and you certainly wouldn't want to wobble too far in your brand new heels. So luckily for you there's an extensive bus network that'll take you where you need to go (or near enough that you won't mind walking a tiny bit!).
This city is packed with things to do whether you're enjoying an afternoon tipple in the bars or shopping to your hearts content on the high street. However, you're on a hen party, and you need to get involved with the kind of activities that you'll never forget! Cocktail Mixing, Wine Tasting and our Pub Treasure Hunt are all activities where you can have a hen-tastic time while enjoying some of your favourite drinks. Or if you're looking for a little more action, Bubble Mayhen, School Sports Day and Grease Dancing are great options that are sure to result in plenty of girly giggles! See more...
Norwich nights out are unexpectedly thrilling - it might not be known for it's buzzing nightlife, but the amazing bars and clubs here really are East Anglia's best kept secret, we won't tell anyone if you don't... Enjoy a tasty Restaurant meal, or if you're feeling mischievous, why don't you see if you can solve our Murder Mystery over three courses? Have a hilarious time at one of the city's premiere Comedy Clubs and end the night on a high with our Guestlist Nightclubbing. See all our nightlife options...